Projects

Last updated: 09-24-2019

Titles in parenthesis are Del Arroyo title only, the state registration website will not include the parenthetical titles.

For leader contact information, see the members only version of the project list.


Aerospace & Rocketry: Water Bottle Rockets
(​4-H goes to Mars)

Project Leader: Daniel Casner
Teen Leader: TBD
Project Description: Want to be an astronaut? In this project, 4-H minis will be learning physics, building water bottle rockets, learning about NASA’s current missions to Mars and doing experiments.
Meeting Day/ Time: One Saturday each month 12:30-2:00pm
Material Fee: $0
Location: Leader’s home (Livermore) and nearby parks.


Arts & Crafts

Project Leader: Aura-Lee Carmichael
Teen Leader: Isabella S.
Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: For this project, members will be creating individual art for entry into the County Fair. This year we will be doing Acrylic paint pouring, Graffiti Tag art, and much more. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful art you will all create!
There will be one to two meetings per month. All meetings will be about three hours.
Meeting Days/Times: Starts in January, Saturdays. Times TBD
Cost: $25/meeting
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School, 2253 Fifth Street, Livermore, CA.
Age Limit: 10 and up.


Arts & Crafts: Lapidary Arts

Project Leader: Jill Heinke
Assistant Leader: Jenny Siders
Teen Leader: Adam H.
Project Description: Members will learn the art of cutting, grinding, and polishing agates, jaspers, and other semi-precious stones into cabochons for jewelry. Once members have completed their polished agate, they will set the stone to make a piece of jewelry – a pendant, belt buckle, bolo tie, etc. Members may also learn to make beaded bracelets using a loom or create wire wrap jewelry for their cabochon. We may also have separate meetings on geology or a guest speaker, so we can learn about the rocks we are using.
Meeting Day/ Time: TBD; Location: Heinke Residence
Approx. Cost: $25
Member Limit: 6
Age Limit: 13 years and up
Encouraged: Members are requested to help and attend the Livermore Rock and Gem Show on November 22, 23, & 24


Cake Decorating: Advanced (Cake Design)

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: TBD
Project Description: This project will focus on designing and decorating cakes. The goal of this project will be for the kids to learn skills to complete a project on their own for the Alameda County Fair . We will go over techniques using fondant and gumpaste as well as some more advanced piping techniques.
Required: ** Must have previous cake decorating experience and be able to follow directions with very little hands on help as this project will be fast paced.
** You will need to bring (2) baked 9” round cakes and buttercream frosting to meetings as instructed.

Meeting Day/Time: most likely Wednesday afternoons/ time TBD
Location: Wheeler home (Livermore)
Approx Cost: $25
Ages: 10 & up
Limit: 6


Cake Decorating: Basic (Cupcakes)

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leaders: Liliana W., Bella S., Ethan S.
Project Description: This project will focus on easy and fun cupcake decorating. You will need to bring at least 1 dozen unfrosted cupcakes and 1 batch of buttercream frosting to each meeting. Not canned frosting unless specifically instructed. Most other decorating supplies will be provided. Primaries are welcome in this project but I do ask that they have an adult partner stay to help during the meeting.
Meeting Days/Times: Saturdays TBD
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School 2253 Fifth St Livermore
Approx. Cost: $20
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: primary and up


General Engineering: Agricultural
(Agriculture Robotics Workshop)

Project Leader: Daniel Casner
Teen Leader: TBD
Project Description: This project will be an ongoing workshop where we work together to build and program a number of agricultural robots from gantry systems to drone robot tractors and get an exhibit ready for fair.
Project Webpage
Ages: All welcome, teens encouraged
Meeting Day/ Time: One Saturday each month 2:30-4:00pm
Material Fee: $0
Location: Leader’s home (Livermore)


Computers & Internet: Computer Programming/Coding
(BBC Micro:bit)

Project Leader: Daniel Casner
Teen Leader: Ethan S.
Junior Leader: Elia G.
Project Description: How can you add lights and effects to costumes, make a security alarm for your room, a piano out of bananas, or automate the real world like Minecraft? Using the BBC Micro:bit, microcomputer with lights, sensors and a radio, you can program in Scratch, Javascript or Python. We will also be creating a demo to enter into the Fair.
Ages: 9 and up (younger with discussion) with varying levels of material for different skill levels.
Meeting Day/ Time: One Saturday each month, 10:00-11:30
Material Fee: $35.
Required: Members will need to bring their own tablet or laptop to each session.
Location: Leader’s home (Livermore)


Hobbies: Board & Card Games (older youth)

Project Leader: Jill Heinke
Teen Leaders: Adam H., Jake S.
Project Description: Learn to play board and card games. Learn about good sportsmanship and game strategies.
Meeting Day/ Time: TBA (Sunday afternoons)
Meeting Location: Heinke Residence (Livermore).
Approx. Cost: $0
Member Limit: 10
Age Limit: 14 years and older


Hobbies: Knot Tying

Project Leader: Mark Weise
Teen Leader: Jessica W.
Junior Leader: Miranda W.
Project Description: Learn basic and advanced knot tying skills
Days/Times: Weekends (TBA)​
​Location: TBA​.
​Costs: Approx. $20 for materials.
Member Limit: 10​.
Age Limit: 9 years and up.


Outdoor Adventures: Hiking

Project Leader: Brian Yoxall
Teen Leader: OPEN
Junior Leader: Cora Y


Project Description: Hiking provides opportunities to be active while spending time in interesting, inspiring, and beautiful landscapes. Youth partner with adult leaders to explore natural landscapes, human impacts on the environment, outdoor safety, and eating healthy in the outdoors. Youth may learn

  • differences in plant and animal habitats, as well as geological formations
  • ways humans can impact and protect the environment, including “leave no trace” practices
  • skills and strategies for minimizing risks to human health and safety while outdoors

Age: all ages- 5+ and abilities.
Cost: TBD
Meeting time/location: First Saturday of each month, 9am, location varies


Shooting Sports: Archery

Project ​Leaders: Jennifer Siders, Mike Flegel ​, Kevin Vandersall
Teen Leaders: Jake S., Alex F., Vinnie V.
Project Description: Members will learn range safety, parts of the bow, arrow, safety equipment, how to repair arrows, maintain the equipment, and of course how to shoot and score targets. You do not need to own your bow.
Ages: 9 and up (Members must be 9 years old as of December 31)
Limit: 35.
Cost: $10 fee and members are expected to buy their own arrows (typically $30-$50 for a set of 6). The project has some arrows that can be borrowed until you buy your own.
Meet times and locations: We meet on the private property of a 4-H member about 20 minutes East of Livermore. Meeting dates and times vary due to weather, but we will try to be at the range at least twice a month: typically on Sundays, though there may be occasional weekday meetings for homeschoolers. You are not expected to make every meeting, but you are expected to get at least 6 hours of target practice to complete the project with 100% attendance.


Dance: Square Dance

Project Leader: Margaret Miller
Teen Leader: Isabela S. Junior Leader: Rowan C.
Project Description: Learn basic square dancing and some western dancing. Returning members will learn more advanced calls and additional line dances. This is a county wide project open to the entire family. New classes start September 6.
Project Website
Meeting Day/Time: Thurs 7-8:30pm more experienced dancers till 9:30pm
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School 2253 Fifth St Livermore
Approx. Cost: $10 per month. Age Limit: 8 years and up.


Communication: Poetry

Project Leader: Liliana W. (Teen)
Adult co-leader: Ashley Wheeler
Project Description: Hi everyone! This project will be covering a variety of poems including haikus, traditional, freeform, blackout, cutout, and collages, to name a few. This is going to be a very chill and calm atmosphere, so please take that into consideration. Even if you are not a writer or a poet yet, don’t worry. Anyone can be a writer, and it is a skill that improves with experience. As a side note, please do not inhibit others’ creative flow, and be respectful at all times. Come join us on our journey
through the wonderful and exciting land of poetry, words, and creativity!
Bringing your own notebook/pad and pen or pencil is encouraged.
Approx Cost: $5
Ages: 9 & up (exceptions can be made for interested children that can independently read and write)
Limit: 10
Meeting Day/Time: most likely Thursday afternoons/TBD
Location: Wheeler home or Del Valle High School TBD


Primary Members (Mini Member & Cloverbud)

Project Leader: Miranda Munro
Assistant Project Leader: Open!
Junior/Teen Leader: Open!
Project Description: Fortnightly meetings on Thursday afternoons combing hands on activities that explore 4-H, civic engagement, leadership and community service with social time for everyone. New and returning primary members are welcome along with siblings, projects will be different each year. Most meetings will be at leader’s home but there will be field trips for some meetings.
Approx. Cost: $15


Public Speaking: Presentations

Project Leader: Rich Hunt
Project Description: The ability to give excellent presentations is a key life skill. In this project, you will prepare and practice a 4-H presentation to give at Presentation Day. Become a confident public speaker and earn credit towards your star ranks!
Meeting Day/ Time: Meet Nov-Feb on weekday evenings.
Meeting Location: Hunt Residence.
Approx. Cost: $10 for poster board
Member Limit: 10.
Age Limit: 4t​h​ grade and up.


Animals

Bees (Beekeeping)

Project Leader: Jennifer Vandersall
Junior Leaders: Valerie and Vinnie V.
Project Description: We will learn about bees and the challenges that they face in today’s environment. We will visit hives and taste the fruits of their labors. ​We will be establishing and caring for hive bees at Hagemann Ranch.
Approx Cost: ​$15 for protective gear and care of bees.
Ages: 9 & up.
Limit: 15.
Meeting Day/Time: We will meet one Saturday morning in the fall, one in the winter, and two in the Spring.
Meeting Location: TBA.


Birds – Poultry for Primaries

Leader: Kristen Salcedo
Teen Leader: OPEN
Project Description: Learn how to raise and show chickens. We learn about anatomy egg production, common parasites, and poultry care by practicing showmanship and knowledge questions.
Ages: 5-8
Approx Cost: Varies with participation.
Meeting Day/Time: Once per month Tuesday 3:30-4pm
Meeting Location: TBA

Birds – Poultry (for Exhibition)

Leader: Tracy DeMera
Assistant Project Leader: Paula Flegel
Teen Leader: Alex F.
Project Description: Learn how to raise and exhibit purebred chickens. Our emphasis is on showmanship procedure and knowledge questions. We will also learn about egg production, common parasites, and selecting and preparing birds for show.
Ages: 9 and up.
Cost: Varies with participation.
Meet: Once per month Tuesday 4-5pm. More meetings around shows and fair. Oct-June.


Cavies

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Lucy Nicholson
Project Description: Have fun learning about cavies with us! Cavies are also known as guinea pigs. We will learn showmanship for cavy shows and the county fair as well as how to properly care for your animals. It is recommended that kids in the project have a guinea pig, but it isn’t a requirement. We can also help with choosing a cavy if you would like to get one but don’t have one by the beginning of the project.
Approx Cost:​ ​$10
Meeting Day/Time:​ ​1s​t​ Wed of each month; 5:30pm-6:30pm
Meeting Location: Del Valle High School
Approx. Cost: $20
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: primary and up


Dog: (Training and Care)

Project Leader: Laura Finco
Assistant Leaders: ​Kristen Salcedo​
Teen Leaders: OPEN
Project Description: This project focuses on training our dogs to be canine good citizens. The goal is to exhibit in the county youth dog show at the Alameda County Fair in obedience, Rally, agility, and junior showmanship. Anyone interested in learning good dog skills is welcome. Members will be encouraged to participate in the County Dog Medalist program. Dog ownership is preferable.
Ages: 9-19 years.
Cost: minimal, depending upon level of participation.
Required Equipment: flat collar, training collar, six foot training leash (preferably cloth or leather) with the option of showmanship collar and leash; water bowl, treat bag, and treats for outdoor training classes.
Meetings: Tentative, usually Thursday afternoons 5:15-6pm with the advanced group going a little longer. Meet at ABBA Dogs training yard in Springtown.

Dog: Dog for Primaries

Project Leader: Kristen Salcedo
Teen Leader: OPEN
Project Description: Dog ownership not required. Learn about dog breeds and groups. Learn basics of dog ownership, grooming and health. Members will be encouraged to create a fantasy pet or poster to enter for fair. Meetings: Wednesdays Oct – May.
Location: South Livermore.
Approx Cost: $0.
Ages: 5-8.
Limit: 6 members.


Equine – Horse (Beginning)

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Ashley R. Junior Leader: Amanda R.​
Project Description: Meetings will cover health and well being of a horse, conformation/breeds, grooming, equipment, riding gaits/ability, Western/English horsemanship, play days, how to trailer a horse and guest speakers. You do not need to own a horse to participate in this project. Most of the horses we work with are rescue horses. This project is more about basic horsemanship than showing, so preparation for the ​4H​ Horse show is not the main focus.

Equine – Horse: Advanced Horse

Leader: Donna Costa
Assistant Leader: Stephanie Rawlins
Teen Leader: Ashley R. Junior Leader: Amanda R.
Project Description: Meetings will cover in more depth all items listed in Beginning Equine. This project is more about good horsemanship than showing.
Ages: Any age is welcome but only members that are 9 (as of Dec 31st) can ride during meetings.
Cost: TBD-there will be a small fee.
Members should have boots (preferably cowboy boots or riding boots) and a protective helmet. This project meets once a month in Livermore on Saturday mornings at Hagemann Ranch off Olivina


Goats: Dairy

Project Leader: Nathan Malakoff
Teen/Junior Leaders: Xenia M
Project Description: You will learn about selecting, feeding, fitting, and showing dairy goats at open shows, and Alameda County Fair. This is a time intensive project. If you own your own, you will be taking care of your animal daily. There is a leasing program also available if you can not keep your own animal. (This will require being at the ranch and assisting with chores at least 2 days per week, as well as meetings and other care some other weekdays and weekends. Contact me if you have questions.)
Ages: 9-18
Cost: TBD
Meeting Days/Times: TBD

Goats: Meat

Project Leader: Nathan Malakoff
Teen/Junior Leaders: Lizzi C, Xenia M
Project Description: Learn about the selection, nutrition, and management of market goats.  You will be responsible for selecting, raising, and showing a market goat at fair.  We will receive animals about mid-March and the project will be complete with showing a market goat at fair in July.  This is a large time commitment, including monthly meetings, daily feedings, and training.  You will also be excepted to spend most of the second week at fair at the fairgrounds.
Ages: 9-18
Cost: Goat $200-$500, Feed $200-$300, pen $200-$500.
Meeting Days/Times: TBD


Rabbits

Rabbit with Ribbon
Best of show

Leader: Dara Gribi ​
Teen Leaders: Lucy N. and Lily W.
Junior Leaders: Lucas G. and Savannah S.
Project Description: This is a show project only, members must either own or plan on purchasing a show rabbit prior to ownership cut-off date Fair and/or Open shows. Members may raise animals for market, fur or show. Members will learn the different breeds and varieties of rabbits, proper feeding and grooming techniques, be able to identify rabbit equipment, as well as design a plan for preparing rabbits for show and proper rabbit showmanship. Members will be required to attend at least one ARBA show outside of fair.
Ages: All ages.
Cost: $20 for education supplies and project own equipment.
Meets: Meet 1s​ t​ Wednesday, 6:30, at Del Valle High School, 5t​ h​ Street in Livermore


Pets Small Animals

Project Leader: Ashley Wheeler
Teen Leader: Liliana Wheeler
Project Description: This project will teach a little bit about all of the different small animal species 4H focuses. We will have visitors come from the different small animal projects to tell us about their animals and then we will do a related craft or activity. This project will be geared towards younger kids but older members are welcome.
Meeting Day/Time: Saturdays TBD Location: Del Valle High School 2253 Fifth St Livermore
Approx. Cost: $10
Member Limit: 12
Age Limit: primary and up


Swine – Market

Project Leader: Nathan Malakoff
Teen/Junior Leaders: Lizzi C, Xenia M
Project Description:  Learn about the selection, nutrition, and management of market hogs.  You will be responsible for selecting, raising, and showing a market hog at fair.  We will receive animals about mid-March and the project will be complete with showing a market hog at fair in July.  This is a large time commitment, including monthly meetings, daily feedings, and weekend weigh days.  You will also be excepted to spend most of the second week at fair at the fairgrounds.
Ages: 9-18
Cost: Pig $200-$500, feed $200-$500, pen $200-$500.